The Babies Invading Texas

Interpreting the baby boom after the passing of a pro-life measure depends on worldview. 


John Stonestreet

Maria Baer

If you haven’t heard, the state of Texas is under invasion from small creatures who are, according to breathless media reports, popping up everywhere. “Nearly 10,000 more babies born in nine months under Texas’ restrictive abortion law,” read The Texas Tribune 

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School arrived at the number by comparing Texas births after Senate Bill 8 took effect, which prohibits abortion after conception, to the number of births in the same period the year before. 

One of the study’s co-authors told CNN that 10,000 new babies mean women were “denied a needed abortion.” Referring to the moms, she warned ominously, “It’s hard to imagine the short- and long-term implications of a personal trajectory that may have been rerouted.”  

Of course, it’s harder to imagine the implications for a child denied the right to have a personal trajectory. Ultimately, interpreting the Texas baby boom depends on worldview. It’s either a tragedy or 10,000 inherently valuable, unique, and beautiful reasons to celebrate … thanks to Texas’ pro-life lawmakers. 


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